Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I have been busy catching up on matters I should have already been caught up on, time just never seems to be enough and one does eventually sleep.
Over the past month I have done not much in the making of bags department, not much in the piecing of quilts either. Been busy clearing up the mess in the Crafters Cottage or The Hut as we tend to call it all of the time.
Our goal is to have had this cottage properly organized.
When we first arrived here from NewBrunswick we had too many totes and cardboard boxes filled with "stuff" and these couldn't be left inside of our small but functional house. These then were stored in all of the cottage rooms, and I might add, these filled it up. Everywhere nook and cranny in that place was filled to it's capacity with little or almost no room to even walk around it. We have been haphazzardly working in there but mother being 86 needs all of her mornings to get up and become mobile, which of course if most understandable. Appointments and visitors also have taken a toll on available time, so not alot has been accomplished.
Now we are in a hurry to complete the junking and the clearing because we have to have this finished before the middle of August and that certainly doesn't leave us much more time to waste or use for other events.
Today I choose to be in the Hut and to get as many hours in there as I possibly can to empty boxes, make decisions as to what we keep and what we give away (I am hoping to have alot of give-aways') but, asking mother to make these decisions on the spot will not be easy as it hasn't been in the past. I believe we have moved the past fifty years of stuff with us, and with my collection of fabrics and her collection of silk flowers we have become quite a joke, leastways I believe it funny.
Off I go, with apologies to those who have been sweet enough to follow this unskilled blogger to THE HUT - wish me luck in that I get more accomplished that I have in the past many days.
I promise to check in later and give you the scoop. I must take a picture of this mess to show you what it is I am describing to you, then, finally if and when we do manage to get organized, you'll see that as well.
Possibly while I am learning the art of organization, I might just well learn to become a better blogger too.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Finally though I have escaped back into the sewing room where I have been rather busy catching up on the tote bags I need finished before I leave for my quilters' gathering. This year we are going to Zinck's Inn of Berlin, Ohio. Whooppee!!!! Days of maddness loom ahead of me - wild laughter and giggles late into the night with days filled to the brim of eating, shopping for fabrics, sitting in front of the sewing machines, more eating and much more laughter.... I cannot wait. Excitement is beginning to build! Can you fell my excitement?
The spider coming along with me will be my friend Liz, she and her hubby run a Retirement Residence http://seeleysbayretirementhome.com/ and while she has a wonderful time there with all of the residents, she consented to drive along with me and keep me company. We will leave Seeley's Bay and travel west on the 401 Highway for approximately 6.5 hours and stop and stay with Judy and Ted who live in the Windsor, Ontario area. Then the three "kateers" will load up he van and off we will go following the yellow brick road with all of its road works and detours to Berlin, Ohio, where we will meet up with all of the other quilters in my group for a week packed with fun and fellowship.
My quilters internet group is celebrating its' 11th year together this June 7th. Can you believe it? Every year before the gathering takes place, usually in the month of June in a city where one or more of our group lives, which could be anywhere in North America, the hostess chooses a spot and we all gather there for several days and enjoy each others' face to face company. This year our annual quilters' pin was dedicated to the memory of our beloved Katy who was taken from us by breast cancer, one year ago today.
In honor of Katy's memory we will all be lighting our candles at 8:00 p.m. in our different time zones making sure the candle burns all over the world in her memory. Here is a picture of the annual quilting pin we all decided on this year.
This lady was and will remain an inspiration to us all. She was such a brave warrior, she battled and battled, won several rounds but unfortunately lost her valiant fight last year, to breast cancer. Her generous and loving spirit, her wit, her charm, her humanity are so missed, but never forgotten.
Off I go to finish up some projects before I can pack my suitcase, I leave this coming Monday, the 15th and am so far behind.
Until next post, have a wonderful week and please come back soon.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
We've endured several thunder storms and heavy rainfall so inbetween the gardens outside I have spent time with Nessie, my sewing machine and put together more quilted totes.
I sincerely hope your not bored with what has become a passtime for me and hopefully these will all sell and I shall have more money to buy more fabrics to play with. I am showing off these bags which I hope you will find pleasing.
I would publicly like to thank BARBARA for the donations she so generously provided to me this week also, and Barbara if your reading, contact me again, I have lost your e-mail and cannot find you in the phone book. I have been given two almost brand new sewing machines. These will be living in the Craft Cottage Project which is being put together at the Retirement Residence property in our town. Mind you it will still take us time and more money to bring the cottage up to standards whereby people can come and enjoy crafting, or learning to sew or quilt, knit or crochet. There are no real places in my town for people who enjoy crafting to congregate, so my friend and I have been provided with the cottage which is large enough inside for us to house all of the machinery, fabrics, crafting materials, notions, and so very much more. We are anxious to begin, and thanks to our friend Barbara we have received a great start to our collections.
I digress, here they are, Daisies Of The Field, All That Jazz and Up Up and Away totes. I still have a few more to photograph and put up here but you can see I have been putting very good use to the time I was provided with this week.
Since we Canadians are celebrating our Victoria Day long weekend, I wish all Canadians a wonderful weekend and ultimately good weather for the rest of it.
As for our good neighbours in The United States, we wish you a great Memorial Day weekend next weekend and lots of great weather to go along with it.
Daisies Of The Field Interior
Saturday, May 9, 2009
She certainly is vivid and ready to be escorted about town.
Here she is showing off her front, with two neat pockets and long straps for shoulder carrying. This week she's off on a new adventure, she leaves for Newhampshire, where the rolling green hills meet and kiss the sky. I know her colours will fit right in.
My favorite people are away this beautiful spring weekend, and I have decided they need to be introduced, no, not to each other, but to the reader(s). My son and his beautiful, sweet mommy of two are away enjoying a theme park with the children. I realize I am biased, but, don't I have a great looking family?
HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY to all of you mothers, and thanks for all you've done for all of the children everywhere. LOVE is the most prescious of commodities and mothers are the keepers and givers of that love and the zillion things that you do for your children. I wish you a most wonderful and exciting day in all that may come your way.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Wallet which has place sufficient room for credit cards and money, coins can be placed in pockets behind credit cards.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Now some other little girl will be enjoying this little snippet of fabric when she totes this about with her personals inside. Oh what fun these tinies are to make.
If you like, visit my webshots albums and you can visit all of my hand made quilted totes and purses which have not made it into the blog. http://community.webshots.com/user/FUNTALKERMITTS
Should you think my bags good enough and wish to order one, you can alway contact me through the comments section of this blog.
Off to find more memorable scraps and make more little tinies.
Friday, March 27, 2009
This tiny tote is made from the left over fabrics and I had fun making it. I actually began it very early this morning and it was to be one of a dozen.
Today I had planned to sew all day, decided not to walk, decided not to leave the house, but to just sit here and sew and get all of my tiny totes order finished, but as luck would have it, that was not to be the activity of the day! Noooooooo, instead we had a flood of water cascading into the basement and all day was donated to that mess, turns out we had two problems, not bad enough to have had only one mess, but two. The sump pump was pooling the water back into the basement and the bladder went in the pressure tank.....great stuff. I had promised everyone that should another flood happen I would pack my hobo bag and hit the rails, taking the first freight train out of town going anywhere there was a desert. Well, it really was traumatic cause we've lived through major damage cause by flooding into our basement of our last house and I never wanted to see that type of incident again. Now you may think I am being a bit melodramatic, but once you live through that not once but twice and lose every stick of furniture, and personal possessions and deal with the mess and the spraying of chemicals for mold and deal with contractors in the rebuilds, and make decisions on replacing things, and fighting with the insurance company you paid premiums to for umpteen years, only to discover some clever need to show the company how good he is at saving their money denies your claim, or finally paying up but making you wait forever, well, you get my drift I'm sure. I really was thinking I would hit the rails and become a real live hobo... yeah right, can't you just see it now, humping my fabrics and sewing machine around.... Maybe if I go to sleep now and wake fitfully in the morning I may just talk myself into believing it was all a bad dream and I won't have to endure this drama.
Lunch was forgotten, supper was had too early and mother decided to sleep it all off leaving me to clean up the mess, but, surprise, I actually left the supper dishes and will take care of than in the morning, I am just to tired and fed up with water problems and its pervasive mess so I abdicated as general dogsbody for the night and watched a movie instead. IF you want a wonderful movie to watch from the latest new releases, watch Marley and Me - a good movie for a change.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
This is also a summery tote, I enjoyed working with the colourful fabrics and the summer insects, dragonflys, ladybugs and butterflys.
I found some Mary Englebright fabric and decided another tiny tote could be made for some little Miss to enjoy.
This has not been as productive a week as I wished it would be. Already I have had three trying days ending with yesterday and two physical mishaps. One when returning from my daily hourly walk, I managed to turn my ankle on a broken sidewalk, wrenching my neck and my back trying to stop the fall, then, just before having my supper I managed to miss the bottom two steps in the basement and went flying into the air and landed on the concrete floor, this time skinning my knee ( a real boo boo) and doing more damage to my hip and my neck. I am now sporting a nice bandaid and smeared with a nasty smelly rub in an attempt to make my neck feel better.
To top it all off the beautiful 55 year old crystal pinwheel bowl got smashed to smithereens by mother wanting something and decided to pick it up and dropped it. (Can you all say Ahhhhhhhhhh for me!!!)
I feel like an 18 wheeler ran me down, so with two tylenols' ingested and some nasty smelly rub I am back in front of the computer and am ready to start another new day and hopefully my misfortunes of the first part of the week are over and done with and the remainder hopefully will go off without a hitch.
I have managed to complete a few bags, those I posted at the top of this post. I must somehow find that creative point inside of me to develop something more interesting than just making these rather retangular or squared totes. the tinies are for my sister-in-laws' store and she hopes to sell these for Easter along with some pastel coloured easter baskets. I do hope these will sell, I could use the money to buy more fabrics - YIPPEE another excuse to visit a fabric store.
Will have to work on that creating theory next week, I wouldn't want to try something new this week, it may just frustrate me. LOL!!!
A bright spot in my morning was the screaching of a Mama Blue Jay sitting on the rof edge just outside my window arguing with a Red Winged Black bird, who seemingly also wants to nest in the same area of the huge pine tree as the Blue Jays' apartment. She wasn't having any of that. I did try for a picture, but by the time I retreived my camera she'd already flown to the tree and was assaulting the black bird.
Okay, off to see the wizzard right now, too many chores to complete before I can allow myself to get near Nellie - my much loved and used sewing machine.